Shoni Schimmel voted to start in her second WNBA All-Star Game
Atlanta leads Eastern Conference with two players voted into starting lineup
ATLANTA—Atlanta Dream guard Shoni Schimmel, tribal citizen of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla, has been voted in as a starter to represent the Eastern Conference in Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2015, the league office announced Tuesday.
Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2015 will be played on Saturday, July 25 beginning at 3:30 p.m., ET. The game will be televised to a live national audience on ABC from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Schimmel, who was the most valuable player of the 2014 WNBA All-Star Game, was second among all Eastern Conference guards with 8,881 votes, which ranked sixth amongst WNBA players overall.
Schimmel will be making her second consecutive WNBA All-Star game appearance as a starter after being recognized as the game’s most valuable player in 2014. She registered a WNBA All-Star game-record 29 points and dished out eight assists in last season’s contest, leading the Eastern Conference to a 125-124 overtime win.
Schimmel shot 11-of-24 from the field in last year’s all-star classic, including a 7-of-16 clip from beyond the three-point arc.
The Atlanta Dream will have two starters at the All-Star Game for the second time in franchise history and the second consecutive season overall. The Dream’s Angel forward Angel McCoughtry was also voted in as a starter.
Joining Schimmel and McCoughtry in the Eastern Conference lineup will be Chicago’s Elena Delle Donne, who led all players with 18,034 votes, Indiana’s Catchings (9,923 votes) and New York’s Tina Charles (6,129).
The Western Conference starters will include Tulsa’s Skylar Diggins (15,895), Minnesota’s Seimone Augustus (9,599) and Maya Moore (13,706) as well as Phoenix’s Brittney Griner (7,138) and Candice Dupree (5,954).
The East squad will be led by Chicago Sky head coach Pokey Chatman by virtue of their 2014 Eastern Conference Championship. Phoenix’s Sandy Brondello will head the West coaching staff after leading her team to the WNBA Championship last season.
The 12 WNBA head coaches will select the reserves by voting for six players within their own conference: two backcourt players, three frontcourt players, and a player from either position. Coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their own team.
Individual tickets for Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2015 start at $16 and can be purchased atTicketmaster.com , by dialing 800-745-3000 or by visiting the Mohegan Sun Box Office.
For complete voting results, visit wnba.com